Why Choose Mediation PDF Print
Mediation offers peaceful, personal, and private solutions that most often save time, money, and stress.

Mediation, and especially Early Mediation, promotes peaceful conflict resolution. People going through divorce or other family conflicts understandably have strong emotions, and many people are still working through the issues and problems that led them to the decision they have made. However, they must focus on making decisions about the future. The mediator helps them to do this, and creates a respectful environment where each party can be heard and where thoughtful decisions can be made.

Personal: If an agreement is not reached at mediation, a Judge may end up making a decision for you. Judges make very general assessments, and must follow specific principles of law in making their rulings.  If however, you reach a creative agreement at Mediation, that is very specific and applicable to your situation, the Court will generally approve of the agreement and make it enforceable. This allows you to find ways to make the very best of a difficult situation.

Private: Any information presented to the Court is a matter of public record, and could possibly be discovered by your children, other family members, or others. In contrast, there are Court Rules governing mediation that require that information presented during mediation be kept confidential.

Saves time: When people go to mediation early, it can help them to quickly identify areas where more information is needed, leading them to be able to work more efficiently and effectively toward a settlement. For example, there may be a need to obtain an appraisal for a piece of real estate, or more information about school systems. People can agree in mediation as to how they will resolve questions like this and proceed to get the information they need. Mediation can also help them to truly understand areas where they already agree and areas where they need to focus their time and attention on reaching agreement.

Saves money: Many people are concerned that adding a mediator is simply adding another cost to an already expensive process. However, the mediator can help to make the process as efficient and effective as possible, and thereby reduce overall costs. Also, many people unfortunately experience costs after their case is resolved - going back and trying to get the court to make changes or to enforce the terms of their case. Mediation can help reduce those long term costs by ensuring that people know and understand what they are agreeing to do.

Saves stress: There is no denying that going through divorce or any family conflict is stressful. However, knowledge can help to minimize stress and that is one of the things that is gained in mediation. Through discussion of the issues, there is a chance to know more about where people really agree and where they really disagree and to work hard on building understanding and solutions.

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Family Mediation Council brochure

In the past FMC had printed out mediation brochures and sold them to our membership for distribution. Recently we decided to do an updated brochure in pdf format and disseminate to our membership so that our individual members could print it out on their color printers and distribute it to the various courts, organizations and clients of their choosing.
- Wally Winters, Current Chair

About Mediation

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process used to help people reach agreements. In this process, a neutral, trained mediator works with people to discuss all of the issues related to their family conflict, to explore possible options for settlement, and to identify solutions that best meet the needs of each person involved.

When can Mediation be done?

Mediation can take place at any stage in a situation, and we believe that the earlier it is considered, the better. For...

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Attention All Prospective FMC Members: 

If you join by paying 2017 dues, you will be entitled to attend both our spring program on May 15, 2017 and our fall program on October 13, 2017 absolutely free of charge.  Don't miss this opportunity to obtain 6 hours total of advanced mediation training free!

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